RRCA Certified Endurance Coach
Sally is an RRCA Certified Endurance Coach. She is a life-long runner, starting over 35 years ago with track and cross country in high school. Sally has experience racing at distances from 5K to marathons, road and trails. Trails hold a special place in her heart, the more elevation gain the better, but she also likes to work on improving her road racing.
Sally has always enjoyed helping others achieve their running goals, whether it’s running a very first 5K or getting a marathon PR. She loves to work with individuals on training plans that fit their lifestyle. It’s not always easy finding a way to balance running with family/work/school obligations, or fitting in other exercise/activities you enjoy. But, we can set goals and shape a training plan that works for you. Sally is happy to offer input on your current training, including mileage and pace, racing schedule, or setting future goals.
Sally currently coaches the Repetitions 2.0 group at Tuesday Track.
RRCA Certified Coach Level 1
Flor Hernandez started racing in Dec 2001. That first race was a 5k she ran with some of her coworkers. As soon as she crossed that finish line she was hooked. She loved the atmosphere of the race and there were runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Shortly after that 5k she decided to run the LA Marathon. Little did she know her task ahead; it was the hardest thing she had ever done yet it amazed her to see that if you put your mind to it your body will do things that were once unthinkable. Flor has now run 91 half marathons and 18 full marathons as well as various 5ks and 10ks. This year her goal is to reach her 99th half marathon and make New Year’s Race half marathon her 100th race, for which she is also an ambassador. She is attempting to run a half marathon in every state. She works for Southwest Airlines as a flight attendant and loves her job and coworkers.
After watching her mother struggle through kidney failure, go through dialysis and finally lose her battle with Lupus, she now realizes that having good health is our most valuable asset. Just like in races we might sometimes hit the wall, and we push through no matter how hard it may be. It’s the same in life. Running has helped her get through some of her toughest times and major life changes and she uses races as goals to keep her motivated and focused. Flor enjoys traveling, being outdoors enjoying nature, art and especially spending time with her niece, nephews and son. She hopes to inspire others to live a healthier life, to go outdoors and keep moving doing something they love.
RRCA and USATF Certified Coach Level 1
When you run your first marathon, you will either catch the fever or it will be your first and last. Mark found his passion in marathon running and never looked back. He started his marathon career as a member of the LA Road Runners, the official training program of the Los Angeles Marathon. For Mark, it became one of numerous marathons spanning multiple countries on two continents.
After completing his tenth marathon, Mark decided to pay it forward by inspiring others when he became a pace leader for the LA Road Runners. His talent was quickly noticed, and he was elevated to Senior Pace Leader. He is now the LA Road Runners Program Administrator and Coach for the entire organization overseeing ninety-five pace leaders and the largest marathon training program on the West Coast.
Coaching Career and Philosophy
Mark is a Boston qualifier, an Abbott World Marathon Majors finisher, an RRCA Endurance and USATF Certified Coach. He is the LA Road Runners program administrator and head coach, where he oversees the largest marathon training program on the West Coast. He is a board member with the South Bay Runners Club and coaches both track and marathon training sessions. His goal over the course of his running career has been to inspire other athletes. This is what first brought him to coaching.
Mark believes training is forty percent physical and sixty percent mental. It is his job to define the objective of his athletes, analyze their results and provide constructive feedback. As a coach, Mark provides the runner with his expertise by explaining the “why” with the goal of empowering the runner to train optimally. He tries to instill the power of belief, so when his runners are truly tested, they believe in their ability to accomplish their goal. Mark believes this approach will sustain them in their darkest moments when they want to quit. The time and effort required to achieve such mental strength is immense but truly rewarding. Steve Prefontaine said it the best, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Author of “BELIEVE in the UNSTOPPABLE YOU”, a Marathon Training Manual. ©
Certified Athletic Trainer and RRCA Certified Endurance Running Coach
– Certified Athletic Trainer – I have worked with athletes for about 12 years dealing with everything from injuries and rehabilitation to nutrition and performance training
– RRCA Certified Endurance Running Coach – I have worked with runners for about 8 years. Mostly marathon and half marathon. Focusing on nutrition and performance and injury prevention
– Currently work as the Director of Health and Wellness at a performing arts college
– Coaching experience – LA LEGGERS couch to 5k, South Bay runners training coach
– I have been running since I was in college starting off with the 5K and working my way to triathlons and then to half marathons and marathons
– A long time member and former mentor/board member for the LA Leggers
– Founding member/board member and President of the South Bay Runners Club
– Just ran my personal best marathon (Chicago) and half marathon (LA Rock n Roll) in October
– I am married with two girls ages 4 1/2 and 19 months
– Fun Fact – my signature move is “jump for joy”